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Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die is an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction centering queer joy and community in the face of disaster. What does hope look like when everything is lost? Now, more than ever, we need to revel in the bright spots amidst the darkness. The twenty-three stories (and two poems) contained here, as well as the roleplaying ga Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die is an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction centering queer joy and community in the face of disaster. What does hope look like when everything is lost? Now, more than ever, we need to revel in the bright spots amidst the darkness. The twenty-three stories (and two poems) contained here, as well as the roleplaying game Dream Askew by Avery Alder, imagine queer community in myriad futures interrupted by collapse. Post-apocalyptic futures glittering and bleak, challenging and eerie. Glitter + Ashes is here to hold up a torch. Come gather round the fire.


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Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die is an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction centering queer joy and community in the face of disaster. What does hope look like when everything is lost? Now, more than ever, we need to revel in the bright spots amidst the darkness. The twenty-three stories (and two poems) contained here, as well as the roleplaying ga Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die is an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction centering queer joy and community in the face of disaster. What does hope look like when everything is lost? Now, more than ever, we need to revel in the bright spots amidst the darkness. The twenty-three stories (and two poems) contained here, as well as the roleplaying game Dream Askew by Avery Alder, imagine queer community in myriad futures interrupted by collapse. Post-apocalyptic futures glittering and bleak, challenging and eerie. Glitter + Ashes is here to hold up a torch. Come gather round the fire.

39 review for Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.L. Clark

    We did some good work in this anthology!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This anthology is a balm for the uncertain and unusual times that we currently are in. I have been avoiding anything post apocalyptic because quite frankly, the current times are exactly what the genre touches upon. I backed Glitter + Ashes last year because I love queer speculative fiction anthology and as a teen I devoured so much post apocalyptic and dystopian YA books. I was hesitant to start the ARC since I had not been in a good place with my mental health when I had received it. However, This anthology is a balm for the uncertain and unusual times that we currently are in. I have been avoiding anything post apocalyptic because quite frankly, the current times are exactly what the genre touches upon. I backed Glitter + Ashes last year because I love queer speculative fiction anthology and as a teen I devoured so much post apocalyptic and dystopian YA books. I was hesitant to start the ARC since I had not been in a good place with my mental health when I had received it. However, when I did finally start it, I found the stories comforting and soothing. The first story in the anthology felt like home in a way since it just had the energies of one of my queer friends. I was also really intrigued by the inclusion of a ttrpg in the anthology since game writing is something that has been added to the SWFA and Hugo rosters. What I absolutely loved about this anthology is that it encompasses such a wide range of queer experiences from Ball Culture to Jewish lesbians. The contributing authors each brought something special and unique from their experiences to the table in all their stories to assemble a vibrant picture of futures that could be. I remember when I started reading post-apocalyptic and dystopias in high school and everything was so bland and similar after a while. One of the things I also appreciate is just how trans this anthology is. There were several trans-centric stories and several trans contributing authors. I am nonbinary so I am always wanting to read stories about people like me and the anthology did that for me. Furthermore content wise, I really appreciate the sheer range of concepts. There’s a vampire story in the anthology! There’s a story about alternate realities! There’s a story about mad max esque bikers! There’s drag queens! There is something for everyone in the anthology. Although, I do have to say my favorite story of the entire anthology was focused on religion, death, and the struggle of being queer in a religious community. It really struck a chord with me because of my experiences but also because of my studies in museum ethics surrounding human remains. I don’t want to give too much out, but it’s really good. Like most anthologies, there were a few entries that weren’t to my personal taste, everything was incredibly solid and well written. The ttrpg, Dream Askew, was a really fun way to end the anthology. The choice of the last piece being the ttrpg was brilliant since it encourages the reader to go and tell their stories with friends, to take the hope and comfort from the anthology contents, and share it with friends. I struggle with ttrpg rules and handbooks often since they can be quite dense and math (I struggle with basic mathematics). However, I found Dream Askew to be quite accessible and it is also PBTA (powered by the apocalypse/apocalypse world) based game mechanics. PBTA is my favorite ttrpg system since the game play is focused primarily on character interaction and world development instead of fights and dungeon crawls. I highly recommend this anthology for anyone looking for a stellar round up of short fiction featuring queer voices and themes. It is hopeful for a bright and warm future despite calamity and chaos. This is the post apocalyptic fiction that we deserve in a world on fire.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eboni

    A stunning set of short fiction and some poems that truly envision a world where queer people not only survive but thrive. Every story gives you something to think about or people to root for or joy in darkness. Amazing collection!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    L.D. Lewis

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Crilly

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rekka

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mia Moss

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Honey

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Van Parys

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

  16. 5 out of 5

    daye ((reading hiatus))

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessamyn Leigh

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Bradshaw

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paula Molina Acosta

  22. 5 out of 5

    Līga Sproģe

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bogi Takács

  24. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucyndaria

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ash

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kasper

  29. 5 out of 5

    Quartzen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kerstin

  31. 5 out of 5

    Barry Raifsnider

  32. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

  33. 5 out of 5

    Val

  34. 5 out of 5

    Xiomara

  35. 5 out of 5

    krista

  36. 5 out of 5

    Dana

  37. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ladzinski

  38. 4 out of 5

    Myan

  39. 4 out of 5

    celeste

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